OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

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What is OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)?

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent, persistent obsessions or compulsions. Obsessions are the intrusive ideas, thoughts, or images and compulsions are repetitive and seemingly purposeful behavior generally recognized as senseless.

Common symptoms reported by people with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

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Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

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Type
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(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
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(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
Anxious mood (36) Insomnia (7)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
39
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(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
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(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Tried for
Depressed mood (11) Anxious mood (9)
2 more
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(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
Insomnia (21) Anxious mood (1)
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(Luvox)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
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(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
Pain (16) Anxious mood (3)

Data from patients with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

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Side effects
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Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Decreased appetite Bipolar manic episodes 8 more
How many evaluations
21
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (22 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Addiction 16 more
How many evaluations
27
Tried for
Anxious mood (36) Insomnia (7)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Dissociation Emotional distress 1 more
How many evaluations
16
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Depressed mood Difficulty with orgasm 10 more
How many evaluations
23
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Anorgasmia 9 more
How many evaluations
17
Tried for
Depressed mood (11) Anxious mood (9)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Addiction Depressed mood 2 more
How many evaluations
18
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) Excessive sleeping (hypersomnia) 4 more
How many evaluations
13
Tried for
Insomnia (21) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Luvox)
Perceived effectiveness
for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Crying Depressed mood 7 more
How many evaluations
10
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Sex drive (libido) decreased 18 more
How many evaluations
12
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Burning Mouth Clumsiness 4 more
How many evaluations
9
Tried for
Pain (16) Anxious mood (3)

Data from patients with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 49
20s 729
30s 1,043
40s 987
50s 623
60s 241
70+ 57

Sex

Distribution of sex

77% Female
23% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,047
20-29 years 255
30-39 years 135
40-49 years 63
50-59 years 11
60-69 years 3
70+ years 2

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,966
Not Diagnosed 1,784

These charts show data from OCD patients who have completed their condition history
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